It was really an impressive performance on Thursday by the Cleveland Browns in all facets of the game, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 21 – 7 and raising their record to 4- 6 (3-6-1 ATS) on the season. The game was of course marred by one of the uglier incidents in NFL history: at the end of the game, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett removed Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and struck him with it after some cheap shots by Rudolph; Garret overreacted to Rudolph taking him to the ground after Rudolph was hit by Garrett following a throw.
The incident brought an immediate indefinite ban for Garrett along with three games for Pittsburgh Center Marquise Pouncey and one for Cleveland DT Larry Ogunjobi. Rudolph somehow got away with no suspension or fine whatsoever after the incident; I guess the NFL felt a bashed skull was punishment enough. It really is a shame that the game had to end the way it did because it took away from what was a huge win for the Brown. The aftermath seems to have taken some of the wind out of the sails of a Browns team that should be riding high heading into this week’s contest with the Dolphins.
The Cleveland Browns Week 12 Odds Preview Against the Dolphins
The total against the Steelers was set at Over / Under 40 and was never really in question as the Steelers had hard time moving the ball most of the game. Cleveland played their best defensive game of the season last week and it’s a shame that due to the Garrett suspension we will have wait till 2020 to see the same squad out there again.
The Browns odds opened up as 10.5-point favorites this week against the Miami Dolphins. This will mark only the third time Cleveland has been double digit favorites in a game since 1999 and they are only double-digit favorites on the board this week. This number sort of jumps off the board, especially considering the suspensions to Ogunjobi and Garrett.
Miami comes into the game playing much better football, having won two of three and are a sneaky 5 -1 ATS in their last six. With all being said, I do feel this is a great spot for the Browns and I expect a good performance. The most glaring weakness of this team has been a lack of discipline from day one. I feel the events of last week may galvanize this team and may been rock bottom, as far as lack of discipline goes. Over 60% of the early tickets on this game have been written on the Dolphins +10.5. The Over/Under has been set at 44.5 with nearly 65% of the early tickets on the under.
Cleveland star running back Nick Chubb is currently the second favorite to win the rushing title at +300. Christian McCaffery at +175 is the current odds on favorite for the title but he seems to be gaining more receiving yards then rushing lately especially since Kyle Allen begun taking over under center. Chubb should continue his success in the second half with a great schedule ahead so he should be in real contention for the title come seasons end.